Purr-fect pets await adoption

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 18, 2012

 Katie Evans, of Rochester, adopts a kitten named Grace at the Tigerlily Cat Rescue adoption event, held at the Troy PetSmart Dec. 15.

Katie Evans, of Rochester, adopts a kitten named Grace at the Tigerlily Cat Rescue adoption event, held at the Troy PetSmart Dec. 15.

Photo by Donna Agusti

When the city of Warren animal control officer contacted Tigerlily Cat Rescue, Harvey was a filthy, tiny kitten about four weeks old.

“When we took Harvey to the vet, they discovered two breaks in his femur that needed surgery to heal,” said Jeanne Erfurt,  vice president of the organization. “He was either hit by a car or mistreated,” Erfurt said. 

Veterinarian John Wilson, based in Sterling Heights and Washington Township, performed surgery, which the group funded for $700.

“He’s all better,” Erfurt said.

Tigerlily is a no-kill cat rescue group and nonprofit organization in existence since 2007, renamed from Kitty Haven, which started in 2000. The group aims to find permanent homes for the cats and to end the pet overpopulation problem.

Volunteers rescue cats and kittens from the Oakland County Animal Shelter and as far away as Gratiot County.

Volunteer Arlene Boyer said that Tigerlily Rescue is unique among larger shelters and humane societies because they adopt out not only healthy cats, but also felines with special needs.

These felines include Barney, a cat with an enlarged heart, and Felix, who is blind. The group provides foster homes to cats and kittens awaiting adoption and cares for the 10 to 12 cats awaiting adoption housed at the Troy PetSmart store. Tigerlily volunteers go to the store every day to clean cages, feed and socialize with the cats awaiting homes.

“With as many rescue groups, you’d think we would be ahead of the game,” Erfurt said. “But we have as many cats and kittens as ever: 100 right now.”

The group usually sponsors cat adoptions on Saturday afternoons at PetSmart in Troy twice a month.

The group maintains a website that features information on 80-100 cats and kittens available for adoption. The group charges a $100 adoption fee. The cats have been spayed or neutered. Kittens older than three months are also vaccinated for rabies.

Adoptive families fill out a form, and the group pre-approves them.

Also, Banfield Pet Hospital located in the PetSmart in Troy will have a giving tree filled with holiday ornaments through Jan. 1 with a wish-list of items the group needs for its rescue efforts and care of the animals. The wish list includes wet and dry cat food, toys, beds, condos, litter, litter boxes and scoops, PetSmart or Meijer gift cards, ceramic or stainless steel bowls, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, Lysol, towels, paper towels, and office supplies for the organization. For more information, contact Banfield at (248) 740-1548 or visit www.tigerlilyres cue.petfinder.com.

Monetary donations, gift cards, and cat food will also be accepted.

PetSmart is located at 734 E. Big Beaver in Troy. The adoptions will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 22 and start up again in January. Check the Tigerlily website at www.tigerlilyrescue.petfinder.com/ for information on dates.